Atlanta turned in its best defensive effort to date while capturing their first victory of the season, 79-58 over the New York Liberty. Angel McCoughtry led a balanced attack for the Dream with 18 points on 6 of 11 shooting. Erika De Souza added 12 and Sancho Lyttle added 10.
Offensively, this was Atlanta's best performance in terms of ball movement. The Dream recorded 22 assists on the night more than doubling the output of the Liberty. Shalee Lehning came off the bench to lead Atlanta with six assists.
Despite their offensive improvements, Atlanta controlled the game with their defense holding the Liberty to just 36 percent shooting. Essence Carson led the Liberty with 21 points while Kia Vaughn added 16. Cappie Pondexter and Planette Pierson combined to score just 10 points.
Atlanta breaks through with their first win of the season after dropping their first three contests. They looked a lot more like the team that was expected during the off season. Defense is the key to to Atlanta's success as it fuels their running game where they are ultimately at their best.